Saturday, October 3, 2015

On the Traditional Feast of Saint Thérèse

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This Brown Scapular of the Carmelites with an image of "The Little Flower" was hand embroidered by Andrea at Stella Marigold Art. Originally I had her make it for our little "Rose" - and I will probably still save it to give to her when she is older, especially since I already have a beautiful rose covered scapular - but I would sure love to keep it for myself! It is so gorgeous!


From Instagram on October 1st:
My sweet little "Rose!" Thursdays are our full days - from extra early start to finish - but that hasn't stopped her from celebrating on her own... #rosecoveredeverything #sttherese #allthesaintdolls #oratleastsomeofthemany Now where are those matching pink and rose covered aprons of ours? We have some cupcakes to bake! #alreadyonthecounterwiththecakemix #shesbeenwaitingalldayforthis

Many of the dolls in this picture were made by friends of mine! The Saint Thérèse Soft Saint Doll on the far left was made by my childhood friend Ann-Marie, who was one of my bridesmaids sixteen years ago yesterday. It was a birthday (or maybe Christmas?) gift for Rose last December. 

The next is a St. Thérèse Saint n' Stitches doll handmade by Charlotte, our youngest son's Godmother.  You can find her Etsy shop here. At various times of the year she sells kits to make these dolls and sometimes completed dolls as well. You can also find a pattern for St. Thérèse here. My older girls have really enjoyed Charlotte's kits

The third doll pictured is a crochet Saint Thérèse doll made by my friend Amy. It was a baby shower gift along with some other handmade treasures! She doesn't sell the completed dolls, but you can purchase her pattern over at Etsy

The fourth doll is the St. Thérèse Faith Filled Friends doll. Unfortunately, I don't believe these are currently available for sale... The whole collection, including Mother Teresa and Our Lady of Guadalupe, is so cute!  


From Instagram on October 1st: 
We are wearing matching chef hats too. My teens think I look ridiculous but I don't care... She's grinning from ear to ear! #mylittlechristmasrose #bakingcupcakesforthefeast #sainttherese

She wanted to make miniature cupcakes. We made two for each person and used the rest of the batter to make some regular sized cupcakes for after dinner today. 


Rose has been asking cut out her new "Little Saint Thérèse" Paper Dolls since receiving them in her Easter Basket earlier this year! They were pulled out again this week. I am hoping to have a chance to finally cut them out with her later this evening... We'll see!  We have the preprinted set, but they are also available to download digitally in Color and Black and White

In the meantime I pulled out our St. Thérèse and Her Family paper dolls, which I laminated a few years ago for her older sisters. She has been enjoying playing with them. It would probably be a good idea to laminate all the new paper dolls too. They are darling! 

Jesus does not demand great actions from us, but simply surrender and gratitude.
~ St. Thérèse of Lisieux

St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, ora pro nobis!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Sweet Sixteen

Today is our 16th Wedding Anniversary! If you'd like, you can see some of our wedding photos in this post from last year.

I actually took most of these pictures last October 2nd as well, but I never had a chance to post them here on the blog... I had just finished praying the St. Therese novena (October 2nd is the eve of her traditional feast day) for a very special and specific family intention, and was wondering if dear St. Therese would send me a rose. Of course it couldn't just be any rose - all the roses here on the blog and anniversary roses from my husband wouldn't count, especially since he knew I was praying the novena - so I wasn't sure how she'd find a way, but she always does!

I couldn't believe it when I pulled this book out of the box in my closest, opened up the page to "Our Fifteenth Year" and then noticed the roses. Apparently the flower associated with 15th anniversary is the rose! It was just a little sign, but it reassured me that she would be interceding for our family once again.

Anyway, it's hard to believe that another year has passed already! I thought it would be fun to finally share these pictures of Our Wedding Anniversary Memory Book and a little glimpse at our family's past fifteen (now sixteen!) years. This beautiful book was a bridal shower gift from my Aunt Bridget and I have always loved pulling it out each year on our anniversary.

Our First Year - September 2000, In DC for my SIL's wedding
Our Second Year - October 2001, Jet Boat Ride for our Anniversary
Our Third Year - Thanksgiving 2002
Our Fourth Year - Christmas 2003
Our Fifth Year - Easter 2004
Our Sixth Year - Christmas 2005
Our Seventh Year - Easter 2007

Our Eighth Year - October 2007
Our Ninth Year - December 2008
Our Tenth Year - My brothers wedding, summer of 2009
Our Eleventh Year - Visiting my husband's parents, November 2010
Our Twelfth Year - October 2, 2011 and Christmas 2011
Our Thirteenth Year - Easter 2012
Our Fourteenth Year - Thanksgiving 2013
Our Fifteenth Year - December 2014

Unfortunately our memory book now skips from fifteenth anniversary to twentieth anniversary... There isn't a page to add a favorite family picture from this past year! I'll guess I'll just have to add a couple favorites here. ;) 

Grand Teton National Park - 4th of July, 2015
Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park - July 2015
After eight days on the road... someone is letting off a little steam! ;) 
On our way to hike to Inspiration Point in the Grand Tetons... looking just a little bit older than we did back in 1999!
I'm looking forward to many more wonderful years with this loving husband of mine.   

Prayer of Married Persons to St. Joachim and St. Anne

O models of pious and virtuous married persons, St. Joachim and St. Anne! Through the wondrous blessing with which God gladdened your hearts when He chose you as the parents of the ever blessed Virgin, the mother of our Savior, obtain for us, we beseech you, the grace to desire nothing but virtue and piety; that, in fidelity and love, we may share each other's joys and sorrows, and together with our children lead such a life as to insure our entrance into the kingdom of heaven! Amen.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Morning Prayer Written by Saint Thérèse

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux - Original Art by Audrey Eclectic
Prints available at Etsy or enter the Audrey Eclectic giveaway!

A Morning Prayer Written by Saint Thérèse

O my God! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.

O my God! I ask of Thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in heaven for all Eternity. 


Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, pray for us! 

Free Printable St. Thérèse Worksheets

Here are the links to the St. Thérèse activity/worksheets I created a number of years ago: 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

St. Jerome and the Lion

J for SAINT JEROME, a learned old Priest, 
Who left his own country to live in the East. 
One day as he walked in the desert he saw
A lion that limped with a thorn in its paw. 
So he pulled out the thorn, and the lion, content
With his doctor and friend, went wherever he went. 
The birds loved him too; with the lion and them
He lived in the stable at sweet Bethlehem, 
And there where our LORD and His Mother once trod
He translated the Bible that tells us of GOD. 

- Excerpt from An Alphabet of Saints
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Every once in a while our history studies line up perfectly with the liturgical year. Our core text readings for today (with my youngest students) happened to be "Christians Writers Defend the Church" (Founders of Freedom, Unit Four Chapter III) which includes a section about Saint Jerome, whose feast is celebrated today. I love it when that happens!

I pulled out a couple awesome coloring books (The Fathers of the Church and The Legend of Saint Jerome and the Lion are both currently OOP), as well as a picture book about St. Jerome, for story time, discussion questions using Catholic Mosaic, and narration.

Bud's narration was basically just a loud roar.... Perfectly acceptable for a preschooler, right? ;) 

Our leftover Michaelmas Cupcakes were once again transformed into a lion for our afternoon snack.

God, our Teacher, help us to give our whole soul in studying our catechism as St. Jerome gave his soul to study the Bible. 

Happy Feast of St. Jerome! 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Celebrating Michaelmas

Angel of peace! come, Michael, to our aid, 
Thou who didst once chase discord from the sky; 
Come, calm those boisterous passions that have made 
Such havoc here as they have made on high; 
Drive strife and rancor to their kindred gloom, 
To Hell, their fitting, their eternal tomb.

Spirit of might! O Gabriel, display 
Thy matchless power against our ancient foes. 
Visit those sacred temples where we pray----- 
'Twas at thy potent word those temples rose; 
Whose worship raised these shrines throughout the earth; 
Thou wert the herald of His future birth.

And Raphael! of the glorious seven who stand
Before the throne of Him Who lives and reigns; 
Angel of health! the Lord hath filled thy hand 
With balm from Heaven to soothe or cure our pains, 
Heal or console the victim of disease, 
And guide our steps when doubtful of our ways.

Michaelmas Cupcakes, Garlic Angel Hair (served with AIP Steak, Sautéed Greens and Carrots), Sparkling Blackberry IZZE drinks, and a little gift for a special boy...

Happy Michaelmas!